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December 29, 2013 9:59:12 AM

Diablo 3's expansion will be dropping soon. my computer has slowed down a bit when it comes to playing SC2 and Diablo 3. I really want to upgrade it but im only gonna be able to get 1 or 2 pieces.. i was thinking graphics card first but you guys tell me. http://www.legitreviews.com/cyberpower-gamer-ultra-2098...

My PC specs... let me know please.

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December 29, 2013 10:04:44 AM

cftailback said:
Diablo 3's expansion will be dropping soon. my computer has slowed down a bit when it comes to playing SC2 and Diablo 3. I really want to upgrade it but im only gonna be able to get 1 or 2 pieces.. i was thinking graphics card first but you guys tell me. http://www.legitreviews.com/cyberpower-gamer-ultra-2098...

My PC specs... let me know please.


Okay what is your budget becasue you are going to need 4 upgrades CPU, motherboard, GPU and PSU you can keep the rest they should be fine. Give me a price limit to work with and ill cook something up :) 
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December 29, 2013 10:05:59 AM

I would upgrade from that 6670 with a new card you would see a decent jump in performance.
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December 29, 2013 10:07:53 AM

Metalauxilia said:
I would upgrade from that 6670 with a new card you would see a decent jump in performance.


the cpu is so old you there is no point you will just bottleneck the new Graphics card
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December 29, 2013 10:12:31 AM

my budget is probably around 200... total.. i cant really afford a 400 gpu... damn i thought the 3.6 quad core would still be good... also thank you guys for responding so fast its awesome!
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December 29, 2013 10:13:20 AM

Krishna Moorthy said:
Metalauxilia said:
I would upgrade from that 6670 with a new card you would see a decent jump in performance.


the cpu is so old you there is no point you will just bottleneck the new Graphics card


I dont't believe he would need a motherboard upgrade that board has an AM3 socket so it should be compatible with the whole FX line of CPUs.
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December 29, 2013 10:16:38 AM

also this isnt going to be like adding 4 things to the cart on new egg.. it will probably be a span of 2-3 months ill buy all of this...tax returns :D 
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December 29, 2013 10:21:26 AM


cftailback said:
also this isnt going to be like adding 4 things to the cart on new egg.. it will probably be a span of 2-3 months ill buy all of this...tax returns :D 


I think you should start by getting a new graphics card like a radeon 7770 or GTX 650. They're are just over $100 on amazon and they will give you a nice boost over your current card.
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-1024MB-Graphics-01G-...

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Expres...

And then after upgrading your GPU you can see if you CPU causes a bottleneck if it does you can replace it in the future, if not then you wouldn't need to upgrade the CPU yet.
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December 29, 2013 10:21:52 AM

Metalauxilia said:
Krishna Moorthy said:
Metalauxilia said:
I would upgrade from that 6670 with a new card you would see a decent jump in performance.


the cpu is so old you there is no point you will just bottleneck the new Graphics card


I dont't believe he would need a motherboard upgrade that board has an AM3 socket so it should be compatible with the whole FX line of CPUs.


The issue here is that he has a am3 socket motherboard.
The new fx chips use AM3+ this has a lot higher tdp rating and has a different pin arrangement.
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December 29, 2013 10:23:23 AM

cftailback said:
my budget is probably around 200... total.. i cant really afford a 400 gpu... damn i thought the 3.6 quad core would still be good... also thank you guys for responding so fast its awesome!


Err how about i recommend some parts and you decide weather it is worth it. For 200$ your not really going to get much sorry :( 
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December 29, 2013 10:28:33 AM

CPU:$119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:$43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:$139
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

IF you want a speed boost in general computing and gaming go with the cpu and motherboard upgrade first. Then save up money for the gpu.

Also i have no clue what psu you are using since the parts list had an unbranded one. While the wattage is fine for this upgrade. This can be dangerous for your system I would recommend getting a new psu from a reputable company such as Corsair, seasonic, Thermaltake.
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December 29, 2013 10:43:45 AM

Here is a comparison of my i7 920 and your FX4100. Our cpus perform similar the Fx may be a little weaker but I doubt it would bottleneck.
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-920-vs-AMD-FX-410...
And if you would read in specifications the FX SERIES uses the AM3+ socket, so you wont need to upgrade your mobo because it has the AM3+ socket. But I would still suggest buying a new GPU first so you don't throw away money if you don't need a new CPU.
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December 29, 2013 10:46:38 AM

Metalauxilia said:
Here is a comparison of my i7 920 and your FX4100. Our cpus perform similar the Fx may be a little weaker but I doubt it would bottleneck.
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-920-vs-AMD-FX-410...
And if you would read in specifications the FX SERIES uses the AM3+ socket, so you wont need to upgrade your mobo because it has the AM3+ socket. But I would still suggest buying a new GPU first so you don't throw away money if you don't need a new CPU.


http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1882025/am3-proc...
If he is buying a new cpu he has to be careful...............
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December 29, 2013 10:53:48 AM

Krishna Moorthy said:
Metalauxilia said:
Here is a comparison of my i7 920 and your FX4100. Our cpus perform similar the Fx may be a little weaker but I doubt it would bottleneck.
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-920-vs-AMD-FX-410...
And if you would read in specifications the FX SERIES uses the AM3+ socket, so you wont need to upgrade your mobo because it has the AM3+ socket. But I would still suggest buying a new GPU first so you don't throw away money if you don't need a new CPU.


http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1882025/am3-proc...
If he is buying a new cpu he has to be careful...............


I'm not saying he doesn't have to be careful I'm saying he might not need to upgrade his CPU, but he would be better of upgrading his GPU first to see if the CPU would bottleneck. If it doesn't there is not need to upgrade the CPU. And if it does yes he can upgrade but there will still be a noticeable jump in performance with the new GPU bottleneck or no.
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December 29, 2013 10:57:03 AM

Metalauxilia said:
Krishna Moorthy said:
Metalauxilia said:
Here is a comparison of my i7 920 and your FX4100. Our cpus perform similar the Fx may be a little weaker but I doubt it would bottleneck.
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-920-vs-AMD-FX-410...
And if you would read in specifications the FX SERIES uses the AM3+ socket, so you wont need to upgrade your mobo because it has the AM3+ socket. But I would still suggest buying a new GPU first so you don't throw away money if you don't need a new CPU.


http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1882025/am3-proc...
If he is buying a new cpu he has to be careful...............


I'm not saying he doesn't have to be careful I'm saying he might not need to upgrade his CPU, but he would be better of upgrading his GPU first to see if the CPU would bottleneck. If it doesn't there is not need to upgrade the CPU. And if it does yes he can upgrade but there will still be a noticeable jump in performance with the new GPU bottleneck or no.


hmm maybe it depends on how much the current cpu does bottleneck but i guess its worth a shot
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December 29, 2013 11:00:23 AM

Krishna Moorthy said:
Metalauxilia said:
Krishna Moorthy said:
Metalauxilia said:
Here is a comparison of my i7 920 and your FX4100. Our cpus perform similar the Fx may be a little weaker but I doubt it would bottleneck.
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-920-vs-AMD-FX-410...
And if you would read in specifications the FX SERIES uses the AM3+ socket, so you wont need to upgrade your mobo because it has the AM3+ socket. But I would still suggest buying a new GPU first so you don't throw away money if you don't need a new CPU.


http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1882025/am3-proc...
If he is buying a new cpu he has to be careful...............


I'm not saying he doesn't have to be careful I'm saying he might not need to upgrade his CPU, but he would be better of upgrading his GPU first to see if the CPU would bottleneck. If it doesn't there is not need to upgrade the CPU. And if it does yes he can upgrade but there will still be a noticeable jump in performance with the new GPU bottleneck or no.


hmm maybe it depends on how much the current cpu does bottleneck but i guess its worth a shot


As his system stands right now he would benefit more from the GPU anyway.And he might save some money if the CPU runs fine with it. It would be a GTx 650 or a Radeon 7770 not a Titan. :p 
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December 29, 2013 11:01:21 AM

Metalauxilia said:
Krishna Moorthy said:
Metalauxilia said:
Krishna Moorthy said:
Metalauxilia said:
Here is a comparison of my i7 920 and your FX4100. Our cpus perform similar the Fx may be a little weaker but I doubt it would bottleneck.
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-920-vs-AMD-FX-410...
And if you would read in specifications the FX SERIES uses the AM3+ socket, so you wont need to upgrade your mobo because it has the AM3+ socket. But I would still suggest buying a new GPU first so you don't throw away money if you don't need a new CPU.


http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1882025/am3-proc...
If he is buying a new cpu he has to be careful...............


I'm not saying he doesn't have to be careful I'm saying he might not need to upgrade his CPU, but he would be better of upgrading his GPU first to see if the CPU would bottleneck. If it doesn't there is not need to upgrade the CPU. And if it does yes he can upgrade but there will still be a noticeable jump in performance with the new GPU bottleneck or no.


hmm maybe it depends on how much the current cpu does bottleneck but i guess its worth a shot


As his system stands right now he would benefit more from the GPU anyway.And he might save some money if the CPU runs fine with it. It would be a GTx 650 or a Radeon 7770 not a Titan. :p 


True :p  mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm titan :3 i want one :3
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December 29, 2013 11:08:13 AM

Haha so going back to the root I would say grab a Gtx660 or radeon 7770. Both are nice budget cards around $110, and after you install the new GPU and you play some games while keeping an eye on CPU usage. After that you will know if it is time for a new CPU as well.

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-1024MB-Graphics-01G-...

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Expres...

And here is a comparison of the two GPUs I posted in the links.
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/MSI-Radeon-HD-7770-vs-EVGA-GeFo...
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December 29, 2013 11:15:10 AM

Metalauxilia said:
Haha so going back to the root I would say grab a Gtx660 or radeon 7770. Both are nice budget cards around $110, and after you install the new GPU and you play some games while keeping an eye on CPU usage. After that you will know if it is time for a new CPU as well.

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-1024MB-Graphics-01G-...

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Expres...

And here is a comparison of the two GPUs I posted in the links.
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/MSI-Radeon-HD-7770-vs-EVGA-GeFo...


Yep okay i agree this is the way to go :) 
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